OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 11, 2015) -- Though spring hasnt quite sprung, Tallgrass Creek retirement community is gearing up for the first glimpse of green that will pop up around its 65-acre campus.
TrueNorth, Tallgrass Creeks new landscaping and maintenance contractor that began winter maintenance last November, is now preparing for the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Daniel Stapf, Tallgrass Creek general services director, introduced several of TrueNorths principals during an open meeting in January. About a hundred residents listened and asked questions of the new landscape contractor.
"We looked at several landscaping companies, and there was something unique and very positive about this company," says Staph. "They provide a year-round, customized approach to landscaping and maintenance thats different than what other companies offered."
That difference is what TrueNorth calls biocentric landscaping.
Mark Nelson, TrueNorths account manager for Tallgrass Creek, explained to residents that biocentric landscaping is all about environmental sustainability, which ultimately protects the air, soil, and water. To achieve sustainability, the company has an agronomist, Bill Nolde, an expert in soil science.
"Our approach will result in using less water, fertilizer, and other soil additives," says Nelson, a 20-year veteran in the landscaping business. "We work from the soil up, not from the plant down, just as farmers have been doing for years."
The TrueNorth staff is particularly impressed with Tallgrass Creeks plethora of native grasses and plants that adorn its rolling campus and attract a variety of butterflies, birds, and other local animals. As a result, the communitys wildlife-friendly landscape was recognized in May 2013 as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
To become certified, Tallgrass Creek had to provide the four basic elements all wildlife need— food, water, cover, and places to raise young.
More than 40 different species of birds have been identified on campus as well as squirrels, rabbits, beavers, coyotes, and deer. To maintain the natural beauty of the Tallgrass Creek campus, TrueNorth retains an expert who has integral knowledge of native Kansas plants and grasses.
The Tallgrass Creek Nature Club sponsored the TrueNorth introduction as one of its monthly meetings. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the communitys living room and enjoys activities that increase awareness and stewardship of natural ecosystems.
"We have several outside lecturers joining us in the upcoming months discussing things such as composting, what attracts butterflies, and native birds in the area," says Al Schwandt, president of the Nature Club. "We also will soon visit the Overland Park Arboretum, a wonderful botanical garden that is close by."